Left-Over Turkey and Chorizo Chowder

This recipe is modified from my New England Clam Chowder

  • 4 or 5 strips of bacon, fried until crispy and then crumbled
  • 1 or 2 dried chorizo sausages, sliced lengthwise in half, and then into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • left-over uncooked beans, cut into one and a half inch lengths

    cut-up beans & potatoes

    cut-up beans & potatoes

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp Chicken-in-a-Mug
  • 1 or 2 tbsp(s) each of half & half (or cream) and brandy
  • 3 tbsp or so of flour
  • ~ 1/2 cup milk
  • cut-up left-over turkey, in this case brown meat. I think the amount was about three cups or so; basically whatever you have left over.
    *Advice from Al: cut it up really carefully; the brown meat has all sorts of tendons, cartilage and gristle.

    when cutting up brown meat turn it over to the 'messy' side so that all the tendons, cartilage and gristle are visible. The piece in front shows the 'smooth' side, and if you cut from this side you will miss a lot of the unpleasant bits.

    when cutting up brown meat turn it over to the ‘messy’ side so that all the tendons, cartilage and gristle are visible. The piece in front shows the ‘smooth’ side, and if you cut from this side you will miss a lot of the unpleasant bits.

    the cut-up turkey showing the waste on the left

    the cut-up turkey showing the waste on the left

  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley, minced
  • Paprika or Cayenne

_________________________________________________

  1. Fry the bacon and chorizo. Once the bacon is crisp, set both aside on a piece of paper towel.
  2. Add the diced onion to the bacon/chorizo fat.
    diced onion fried in bacon drippings until transparent

    fry diced onion fried in the fat until transparent

    Once the onion is transparent transfer it to a big pot. Set the fry pan (with all that oniony bacon/chorizo fat) aside.

  3. Add the potatoes, beans, Chicken-in-a-Mug and water to the big pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cover.potatoes & beans in the pot
  4. Meanwhile, add the half & half and brandy to the fry pan containing the bacon/chorizo fat and bring to a boil.

    half & half and brandy is added to the bacon drippings

    half & half and brandy is added to the fat

  5. Add the flour to this mix and stir constantly for a couple of minutes.

    Add flour to the brandy, cream and bacon drippingsAdd flour to the brandy, cream and bacon drippings

    Add flour to the brandy, cream and fat

  6. Add the milk a little bit at a time, and keep adding until it has thickened into a light runny cream sauce. At this point you can add any left-over gravy.

    now add milk slowly, stirring constantly

    now add milk slowly, stirring constantly until the thickness is lightly runny

  7. Pour the cream sauce into the big pot, stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Once the potatoes are cooked (about 10-15 minutes), add the turkey, any other left-over cooked vegetables, corn niblets (if you have them), chorizo and crumbled bacon. *Advice from Sue: “put the turkey meat in the pot near the end and just heat it slightly. If you cook the brown meat for a long time it has a tendency to get stringy.”

    add the turkey, any leftover vegetables, corn niblets and crumbled bacon

    add the turkey, any leftover vegetables, corn niblets and crumbled bacon

  9. Top with minced parsley and paprika (or cayenne) as a garnish. Serve.

    Left-over Turkey Chowder

    Left-over Turkey Chowder

Advertisements

2 responses to “Left-Over Turkey and Chorizo Chowder

  1. Talk about cutting up all the gristle and tendons, I managed to slice into my thumb when cutting up the onion the way Al told me to. It took about 5 bandages to get it to stop bleeding. Of course Al denied it; he told me he hadn’t told me to cut myself when cutting the onion. I have since been re-educated on the fine art of onion-slicing…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s